The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with the Ghana High Commission and several community associations, opened a unique exhibition of Asafo Flags of Southern Ghana. Dubbed “Art, Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags of Southern Ghana”, opened on 18th September 2016, amidst an impressive and colorful display of a durbar of over 30 Ghanaian Chiefs, Queen-mothers and Traditional leaders in the Greater Toronto Area. A high-powered group of Asafo dancers graced the opening ceremony with their skill and splendor.
As part of the Ghana High Commission’s cultural outreach program, a delegation of the Mission led by His Excellency Dr. Sulley Gariba participated in the opening ceremony of the Exhibition, which was witnessed by more than 200 Ghanaians living in Toronto, and a large number of guests of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Curator of the exhibition, Dr Silvia Forni, expressed her profound gratitude to the Ghana High Commission, the Ghana Consulate and the leadership and members of the Ghanaian Association and the Mfantseman Association, for their utmost cooperation in bringing the exhibition into fruition.
H.E. Dr. Gariba, Ghana’s High Commissioner indicated that the Exhibition is a manifestation of Ghana’s rich cultural heritage, and the maturation of the Ghanaian diaspora in Canada. “By showcasing Ghana in its splendor and diversity, the ROM has taken our diplomacy to another level – to the very pinnacle of modern-day cultural democracy,” said Dr. Gariba. This event certainly has enormous economic and tourism dividends for Ghana.
The Exhibition will continue to be on display at the Museum for the public from September, 2016 till March 2017 to commemorate Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary. The Ghana High Commission, the Consulate located in Toronto, in collaboration with the Ghana Association and other community groups are working on a grand durbar scheduled for March 2017, to signify the winding-down of the Exhibition.